Throughout 2019, we’re supporting a number of diverse projects from young people and emerging practitioners as part of the Young Residents Program. All artists have strong voices and sharp insights into contemporary practice and cultural representation, and their collective talents include literature, performance, live art, film and community practice.
NANCY DENIS IN RESIDENCE
Nancy Denis is a Haitian-Australian actor who, at the age of three, began dance training and has since gone on to secure roles on stage and screen. Recently, she was a featured performer in UTP’s Home Country (2017) and Right Here. Right Now. (2018). Nancy Denis will be supported to create a new and exciting work with musician Carl St Jacques.
BILINGUAL KIDS’ ARTS LAB
We’re co-producing the Bilingual Kids’ Arts Lab with Arab Theatre Studio. Together, we’re creating a space to host an intensive arts lab with professional artists and young people. Kids can experiment with language, and play with ideas across different art forms. We’ll announce the artists we’re working with soon.
FEMINIST KILLJOYS READING GROUP (FKRG)
FKRG continues in 2019. The group is a growing community of people who identify as feminist killjoys, or who wish to learn more about the figure of the feminist killjoy in a respectful and inclusive setting. The project is inspired by the work of Sara Ahmed, and her blog feministkilljoys.com.
Public sessions run every last Saturday of the month on Darug land in Blacktown, and are led by a core group of five young artists working in collaboration with mentor Rajni Shah, co-ordinator Sanki Tennakoon and creative facilitator Ellen O’Brien. For more information visit facebook.com/FeministKilljoysRG
We are supporting Michael Mohammed Ahmad, an Arab-Australian writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker, to begin script development for the stage adaptation of The Lebs. Ahmad’s second book in a trilogy invites audiences back into the life of the young Bani Adam who is now an angry but romantic teen. It’s been called ‘an open-eyed and highly charismatic novel broiling with fight, tenderness and ambition.’
Western Sydney University is the Young Residents Program founding partner. The program is made possible through the generous support of the Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation.